Sunday, March 27, 2011

additional authors

 i'm happy to announce that there will be two additional authors to this blog; my partner jack vandyke and gwen meyer.  both are awesome people and better writers than i.

jack will continue on this year as our delivery manager and gwen is joining us for her first (of many, hopefully) year as an assistant farm manager.  she is also heading up all our transplant production (as we speak) and will be an essential help in the field and at market.  she's already showed off her considerable marketing skills the past couple weeks at eastern market.

it is going to be a really exciting and busy season and i couldn't do it without these two!

a new name, a new day!

what's in a name?

a lot actually...the process of changing one's farm name is surprisingly time consuming and a bit stressful.  cause its not just a name, it really does represent the vision of your farm and farming isn't just a job, its your life.

so why "rising pheasant farms" you may ask?  i love pheasants. i like animals in general, but i really love pheasants.  i didn't know this until i moved to detroit, as there are no pheasants in portage.

the pheasant has really become a symbol of detroit for many of the city it is a product of the emptiness, it thrives in our urban prairies.  it has flourished under rough circumstances, been opportunistic, and made do with what it had. detroiters are the same in many ways...taking a little and making a lot.  finding home in the rubble and always rising up again.

our city motto in which i take great pride, reads

"we hope for better things, it will rise from the ashes"

and so it will...

a wild flash of color rising from the prairie grasses, calling out for a new day.